Program Governance - National Commission on Correctional Health Care

Program Governance

The Certified Correctional Health Professional program is administered by NCCHC and governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of 10 correctional health experts from a variety of health professions. Three of the trustees are elected by their peers; the others are appointed from the correctional health field. The Board of Trustees is responsible for exam content, scoring and evaluation, as well as awarding certification to successful candidates.


Joseph Penn, MD, CCHP-MH (chair)
Director, Mental Health Services
University of Texas Medical Branch Correctional Managed Care
Houston, TX

Jay Cowan, MD, CCHP (vice chair)
Statewide Medical Director
South Orange, NJ

Joel Andrade, PhD, LICSW, CCHP-MH
Senior Director of Behavioral Health Services
Falcon Inc.
Chicago, IL

Sharen Barboza, PhD, CCHP-MH
Barboza Consulting, LLC
Clinton, NY

Sue Lane, RN, CCHP-A
Director of Infection Prevention and Control
Centurion Health
Pompano Beach, FL

Leonora Muhammad, DNP, APRN, CCHP
SVP, Chief Nurse Executive
Corizon Health
Florissant, MO

Grant Phillips, MD, CCHP
Medical Director
Arizona Department of Corrections
Phoenix, AZ


Deborah Ross, CCHP (ex officio)
Chief Executive Officer
National Commission on Correctional Health Care
Chicago, IL

Ralf Salke, RN, CCHP-A
Salke Advisory Group
Jefferson City, MO

Tracey Titus, RN, CCHP-RN, CCHP-A
Senior Director of Policy and Accreditation
Centurion, LLC
Evansville, IN